Communities across the New York region are debating whether their local police should be involved in immigration issues. For example, in Morristown, N.J., the mayor has proposed to enroll the police in a small but growing federal program that trains local officers to help enforce federal immigration laws. The program is known as 287(g), for a section of the 1996 Immigration and Nationality Act that allows local officers, after being trained, to “identify, process, and when appropriate, detain immigration offenders they encounter during their regular, daily law-enforcement activity.”

How do you feel about what role, if any, local police should play in federal immigration issues?

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